Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Thought of the Day.. :)

Today's thought of the day comes from  Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry's The Wisdom of the Sands.


"Man is, above all, he who creates... To create may be to miss a step in the dance; or to deal a chisel stroke awry when you are carving stone. Little matters it what the gesture brings forth. To you in your blindness such an effort may seem fruitless, for you bring your eyes too close. Only stand back and observe from a distance the activity in this quarter of the city. You shall see there a vast ardor and a golden cloud of dust billowing above the work. No longer will you notice gestures that go astray."


This is such a powerful quote to me! Its saying that sometimes man's finest works are mistakes.  I may see the flaws in my own work but once I stand back those mistakes seam to fade.  Its because I put time into the art, and love it despite its flaws. In fact the flaws make the art unique. 


I think its the same thing with God.  He loves us despite our obvious flaws.  We are His creation.  He sees our mistakes and sin and works in us to create the best work of art.  I soul that reflects His love.  :)


"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
Psalm 51:10 NIV



Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Supernatural Murder Mystery Halloween Party!


Dean and Sam! <3

This year for Halloween I decided to combine my love for Supernatural (TV show on the CW) and my love for decorating.  The results: one pretty cool party and one obsessed Justine.  For those who don't know. Supernatural is a show about two (attractive) brothers who roam about the country putting evil to rest.  Whether that be ghosts, demons, vampires...  So i decided to make a Murder Mystery Party shaped around this plot.  Except you are the hunter and need to exterminate the evil foe who murdered the innocent person.  The night included surveying the place where the murder took place (in a tent wayy out in my woods.. that was scary enough!) a chance to"research" what it could have been.  (In the Supernatural book of creatures and in the folders I made) and digging up graves!  This was one of my favorite party's Ive thrown for sure!




A shelf with old bottles and fur on the wall to give a "hunter" vibe


A shelf with hat forms i spray painted and a key chandelier.  Also a branch i spray painted and put in a pot. And the "blood" punch fountain.


Scary doll!

Me and my boyfriend.  I was the mourning friend of the girl who was murdered. 


The tree

An owl i purchased at a flea market. I painted the eyes black to make it creepier.

The "chandler" and heads


Keys I also purchased at a flea market.  It reminds me of the "Skeleton Key"


Old pictures.  Black and white. Creepy.


Here's a lamp that i put an antique doll in.




Files I made to showcase each ghost.

Each ghost was a Wisconsin murder.  This one is Jeffery Dahmer.


The scavenger hunt list!


They Had to collect the right cards to win.  This included weapon cards and the gravestone card of the murderer.

More creepy pictures.
The table.  I covered it with black wrapping paper.  Also the walls have Martha Stewart bug silhouettes sold at craft stores and old barn windows to cover the plain walls.

The book for research.





Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pumpkin


 

Here are some photos I took of my cat, Pumpkin to enter in the Marathon County Fair.  I am in 4-H and i do this every year but this year I got a Merritt ribbon! :D It was my first Merritt in my 13 years...I was pretty proud..

I took these photos with my Nikon Cool pix Camera (below).  I ppersonally love it.  I heard it described as a step below the huge D40 etc. and a step above a regular point and shoot.
When I took these pictures of Pumpkin I had to get creative with my positioning.  I was on my stomach, crouched down below her on a bench, and I even had to chase her down a few times.  What can i say? I'm obsessed..







Sunday, December 5, 2010

My First Blog!

Yay! My first blog post!  I just wanted to keep it simple for my first post and give you a taste from one of my college classes.  Plus my computer is taking forever to load photos.. :p

Here's a quote from Eric Hoffer's The Passionate State of Mind and other aphorisms.
"There is perhaps no better way of measuring the natural endowment of a soul than by its ability to transmute dissatisfaction into a creative impulse.  The genuine artist is as much a dissatisfied person as the revolutionary, yet how diametrically opposed are the products each distills from his dissatisfaction."  

This spoke to me because the point of creativity is to take something that is ordinary or bland and make it special.  This is my inspiration for my blog.  My obsessive quest to make all things creative :)  Come along if you dare.. ;)